Hamilton Colloquium Series, Zoltan Fodor, Penn State, "Tensions for the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon", Nov 9th, McDonnell A01

Nov 9, 2023, 4:00 pm5:00 pm
A free lecture open to the public.


Event Description

More than twenty years ago, in an experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, physicists detected what seemed to be a discrepancy between measurements of the muon’s magnetic moment and theoretical calculations of what that measurement should be, raising the tantalizing possibility of physical particles or forces as yet undiscovered. Two years ago, the Fermilab team announced that their precise measurement supports this possibility. The reported significance for new physics is 4.2 sigma just slightly below the discovery level of 5 sigmas. However, an extensive new calculation of the muon's magnetic moment using lattice QCD by the BMW-collaboration reduces the gap between theory and experimental measurements. Recently, the Fermilab group reduced their error by a factor of two and new lattice and experimental results have been published. In this talk both the theoretical and experimental aspects are summarized with two possible narratives: a) almost discovery or b) Standard Model re-enforced.